Freedom from Toxic Relationships: Moving On from the Family, Work, and Relationship Issues That Bring You Down

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A guide to leaving painful, destructive relationships behind—both at home and at work

Toxic relationships often come disguised as seemingly normal ones. These subtly destructive relationships are characterized by the slow erosion of self-esteem, a loss of personal identity, or a growing desire to please friends, partners, and family members who are impossible to please.
 
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Overview

A guide to leaving painful, destructive relationships behind—both at home and at work

Toxic relationships often come disguised as seemingly normal ones. These subtly destructive relationships are characterized by the slow erosion of self-esteem, a loss of personal identity, or a growing desire to please friends, partners, and family members who are impossible to please.
 
In this uplifting and informative book, transpersonal psychotherapist Avril Carruthers will take a close look at adult relationships to show why we get involved in toxic relationships in the first place, and instruct the reader on how to recognize if they’re involved in one. Once the toxic relationship is identified, the author shows the reader how to begin their journey toward healing and how to meet the world with a new kind of confidence, so that the cycle of toxic relationships can be broken once and for all.
 
What Carruthers teaches is just how possible it can be to learn how to recognize the manipulative or sweetly corrosive partner, the family dynamics that make Christmas and other get-togethers seem like hell, or the nightmare boss who causes daily torment—and that we can learn to leave these painful, destructive patterns behind forever.

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Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
In this mix of psychotherapy and New Age principles, transpersonal psychotherapist Carruthers (Let Your Past Go and Live) examines how unhealthy relationships form—and what readers can do to heal them, or “cut the cord.” The author maintains that “etheric cords” are formed by those in intimate relationships, whether they happen to be parent/child, romantic, or unhealthy friendships or working situations. She is frank about the requirement of hard work: “clearing a cord is not a matter of simply imagining a giant pair of scissors, cutting the imaginary cord and being miraculously free thereafter.” Using exercises such as “etheric sensing,” “experiencing the astral body,” and explorative self-awareness techniques, Carruthers provides useful healing suggestions, although she responsibly advises seeking the benefits of professional therapy in detaching from and healing the wounds inflicted by these toxic relationships. It’s heavy on New Age–speak, but if one can get past that aspect to the core ideas, it’s a worthy addition to any self-help collection. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399166112
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/26/2013
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 426,191
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Avril Carruthers is a transpersonal psychotherapist and author of Let Your Past Go and Live. She holds regular workshops and has been in private practice for over twenty years. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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